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The Best English Actresses Working Today 

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List Rules English actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great English actresses throughout film history, but which female ones are the greatest working right now? This list ranks today's best Hollywood female actors hailing from England, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated English actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in England, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top English actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are gorgeous to boot!

The greatest English actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, Kate Beckinsale, and Emma Watson. If there’s an actresses listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actresses from England who are currently working. 
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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Looper, The Muppets, The Devil Wears Prada
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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur
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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Brave
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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway, Spike Island
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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy, The Fountain
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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive
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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Dredd
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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Pearl Harbor, Underworld, The Aviator
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Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Pride & Prejudice, The World's End, Die Another Day
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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2
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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy
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Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Mission: Impossible, Cars 2, Deep Impact
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Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, American Sniper
22
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Alice in Wonderland
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Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
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Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later, Fright Night
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Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral